The spider plant is very popular and can be found in many homes or offices. Most people have owned or lived with one (or many) at some point. Spider Plants look great as mature plants.
These are easy-to-care-for types that grow quickly, making them great beginner plants.
Minimal care: This plant can survive with minimal care/attention and can manage low temperatures. However, they will start to look very unattractive and create a mess (leaves falling and browningFeed during spring and summer) without enough water and light or too much of either. When they’re taken care of properly they look great.
How they look: As mentioned above if they are neglected they will look shabby and unattractive. When cared for the leaves grow upwards and arch out. The C.C. vittatum type (the most popular) has green leaves with a white stripe in the center, and the C.C. variegatum has darker green leaves with white stripes on the edges of the leaf, mainly.
Flowering: Small white star-shaped flowers appear in loose clusters on the stems up to 6ft long (max). Alongside flowers blooming small plant-lets grow, that can be detached and re-potted to produce more spider plants.
Where they grow best: Because the leaves and especially the stems grow quite long, the spider plant is best to be placed in a hanging type basket, corner type shelf, or table that allows the leaves and stems to grow freely. When they are young and small they are fine anywhere, that’s away from direct sunlight.
Air pollution: These have been tested and said to reduce air pollution significantly.
|Names:||Spider or airplane (common). Chlorophytum comosum vittatum and variegatum (botanical/scientific).|
|Max Growth (approx):||Height 60 cm – leaves 45 cm.|
|Poisonous for pets:||Non-toxic to cats and dogs.|
Chlorophytum Comosum Vittatum type (most common)
Chlorophytum Comosum Variegatum Type
Spider Plant Care
|Temperature:||A nicely lit room without direct sunlight.|
|Light:||Feed during spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer.|
|Watering:||They like plenty of water, between spring and summer. In the winter they should need a lot less.|
|Potting Soil:||The minimum temperature should be no lower than 45°F (7°C). Ideal is approximately 60° – 75°F (15° – 24°C).|
|Re-Potting:||Re-pot in spring, if needed (outgrown its pot). Look for roots growing out of the drainage holes of the current pot.|
|Fertilizer:||Propagate by dividing the main plant or replanting the plantlets that grow from the main plant any time between spring-fall.|
|Humidity:||Avoid too much hot air as this will affect the leaves. Spraying a water mist in the summer and within a warm artificially heated room will help.|
|Propagation:||Propagate by dividing the main plant or replanting the plant lets that grow from the main plant any time between spring – fall.|
Overall these plants are easy enough for anyone to take care of. The more care given the better they look, though!
Elyssa Goins is an experienced house plant hobbyist who maintains over a hundred plants. She is a gardener, beekeeper, and a proud mother of four. She is a member of the American Horticultural Society, has been published in a Scientific Journal, and loves to talk about her love of plants. For the past twenty years, she’s been all about growing and caring for various fruits, veggies, herbs, livestock, kids, and houseplants. Managing a big garden to feed four growing kids and raising dairy goats has taught her so much about being an excellent plant parent and now is her time to share with you.